Smithwick's Pale Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Eramen on 10-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
177
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
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Photo of airman85b
4.85/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer while on vacation in Ireland. My previous favorite beer was Viking and Tuoborg both Great Beers. This beer had a some what fruity taste. It was like I wasn't drinking beer at all. The prefect beer in my book. I highly recommend this beer for everyone.

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Photo of hopmashian
4.59/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Sheenans in Dublin on draught. Love at first taste. I've not had the bottle. Had it again at Murphy's in Killarney. Still creamy with a crisp hop underneath. I'll be on the lookout for this again in Bunratty.

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Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer watching the FA Cup in Virginia Beach!

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Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The terrific tone77, my local, in-person trader came by with a box o' beer that included a buncha Diagio-Guinness CANs in support/furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). He often credits me for what I prvide to him in trade, but he has a great eye for CANs. I had seen these advertised, but he was the one who scored them. CANs make me giddy.

From the CAN: "Imported"; "Premium European style beer, craft brewed with pale ale malt and aromatic hops"; [undersigned] Jon Smithwick 1710"; "Brewed in Ireland".

At last, a commercial beer that proved to be brimful on the Crack! It is like a Baker's Dozen. I went with an inverted Glug and the resulting pseudo-cascade was beautiful, ending in two-plus fingers of bone-white head that fell faster than an anvil off of a cliff and onto Wile E. Coyote's head. 8=( Color was a deep golden- yellow (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity and there was a fistfight in my kitchen between Croesus, Mammon and King Midas, all hoping for a sip. Meanwhile, loads of CO2 bubbles were in evidence, leading to a big, but not creamy, mouthfeel. I know that wew are not supposed to pan other reviewers, but the person who said that this was a potential drainpour was off-base, IMHO. It was sweeter than an APA, but stylistically, it was nice. The nose was very earthy, like they had used fresh, wet hops with a light, buttery maltiness. The taste was very different, to my hophead palate. It was much more muted, in terms of its hoppiness, than an APA, but at the same time, it had a great earthy quality that intermingled well with the malt sweetness, not neccesarily daicetyl, but with a light butteriness. Once more, given its relatively low ABV, I would have this in my cooler when headed to the beach.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deadliest
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of RevCraig
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Popadeaux
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Good refreshing summer brew. Mellow & smooth, little hopps taste.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of billybobbuckley
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To compare this Pale ale to other pale ales is kinda secondary to how it tastes. Coming from Ireland if you drink ale, you drink Smickwicks. One of the reasons I got into brewing was to try to create a beer that tasted like Smithwicks. I have traveled widely over the years and have found that the ruby red ale that has all those roasted, fruity notes and just the right amount of effervescence is not a common beer, and the reason for this is the yeast. I live about 10 miles from the brewery but their secret is beyond grasp. (Much to my frustratation!) On the by & by if drinking Smithwicks Ale draught, ask for a Guiness head....Creamy...mmmmh!

Smithwick's Pale ale has an almost larger-ist look to it when poured, Its clear, light in colour compared to a lot of other English type pale ales I have tried, and has a fine head that settles but keeps good lacing on the sides.

The aroma is fresh! citrus and very hoppy. Smells like good beer on a summer day. (Roll on the amarillo hops!)

The taste does not disappoint, so long as you like the aroma because the taste remarkably similar. The after taste, is like a concentrated dose of what you've been smelling but still has that underlying smithwick's taste.(probably something to do with Diacetyl.)

I enjoyed this beer and have found it to be a good summer day beer, and a good way to get Larger drinkers to try ale and enjoy it. .To me it tastes clean,crisp and refreshing, a good beer that taste like more!

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Photo of Richie71
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZachT
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance – Good amber colouration with a light head and very light lacing.

Smell – light notes of hops with some citrus and a faint wife of disinfectant. This last smell was a little off putting.

Taste – The taste is really rather good. Decent malt and citrus flavours so this one for me is better for its type than the Red. Some very nice hopped notes in there as well.

Mouthfeel – A little towards the thin side of things but not badly so. There is good tongue coating but it leaves the roof of the mouth dry which is an odd sensation but not unpleasant.

Overall – this one is very good and I actually prefer it to the Smithwicks Red Ale. It is also much stronger than the Red but does this without a heavy solvent overtone ruining the flavour.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears a pale copper hue let's all kind of light through with a nice off white head flowing thick, the low alcohol and high aromatic hop offering adds to the allure for me, especially when it looks awesome and the lace is layered beautifully. Aroma has a clean green earthiness mild citrus notes with notes of freshly baked bread nothing revolutionary!!! I like it though a clean mild bitterness earthy dirty hops clean malts mild balanced finish, not overt sweetness just a clean drinking pale ale from across the pond. As I continue to smell this beer the citric hops play a bigger role than before especially as it warms a bit. Mouthfeel is clean bitter finish, medium to mild bodied with tame even carbonation I like this beer we need more IPAs with this sessionablility mind set. A different type of beer than I'm used to but regardless I'm happy to drink this beer especially in cans protected from the light and what not.

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Photo of IronLover
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tarnished yellow in color with a slightly hazy, viscous appearance. Poured with a thick, fizzy white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Earthy, bready malt aroma followed by light herbal and slightly spicy hop notes. This needed to warm up considerably to allow the aromas show. Medium bodied, creamy smooth feel down the middle with tangy hop bitterness around the edges. Bready malt flavor up front followed by herbal hops and a spicy hop bite through the middle. Buttery bready malt, herbal hop and lemon zest notes at the end. Finished crisp and incredibly dry. Possibly the driest beer I've ever tried. 

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 14.9 fl. oz can L3115GE001-07:55. Sampled on September 11, 2013 on a 92 degree humid day.

It pours pale yellow to golden with a quick lasting white fizzy head. Good clarity and low carbonation.

The aroma is a variety of caramel malts, mild earthy hops, grass, and butter.

The body is light, creamy and refreshing.

The taste had a slight graininess up front but then it was replaced by the malty character I picked up on the nose. Then there was this mild bitterness and clean hope finale. It had some pilsener qualities to it. I thought it was decent.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smithwick's Pale Ale

Notes: Deep gold in color. Frothy 1-fingered head holds well. Average lacing. Floral and fruity in the nose. Flavor: Fruity and floral. Sweetish grainy malt - honeyish. Grassy, herbal hops. Median bitterness. Finishes dryish with grassy, herbal and floral notes. Average, but well-made. Pale ale? Yes. That adds perspective... good example of the English style. Worth trying.

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